World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018, Davos, Jan 23-26 (video)

What to Expect at Davos This Year

Bloomberg.com's Nick Wadhams previews the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He speaks with Bloomberg's Shery Ahn and David Westin on "Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power."

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 | World Economic Forum | weforum.org 23-26 January 2018, Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.
Time and Date in Davos:
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Trump will be there--Swiss mountain town Davos relishes its turn in Trump spotlight | reuters.com.
Friday, Jan 26, 1300 GMT (8am ET): Special Address by Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America. Speakers:Donald J. Trump, Klaus Schwab
See also: Trump to attend World Economic Forum in Switzerland, a gathering synonymous with wealth and power | The Washington Post: "the unorthodox U.S. leader face to face with global elites"
Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World


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Amazon $AMZN HQ2: 50,000 High-Paying Jobs, $5 Billion Investment

Amazon HQ2: 20 finalists (source: Amazon.com)
238 applications were received by Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) for its second headquarters, HQ2, and now there are only 20 finalists (see map above).
Amazon Press Release Jan. 18, 2018: Amazon expects to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and invest over $5 billion in the city where it opens HQ2, a full equal to its Seattle HQ ... Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2, the company’s second headquarters in North America. Today, Amazon announced it has chosen the following 20 metropolitan areas to move to the next phase of the process (in alphabetical order): 
Atlanta, GA - Austin, TX - Boston, MA - Chicago, IL - Columbus, OH - Dallas, TX - Denver, CO - Indianapolis, IN - Los Angeles, CA - Miami, FL - Montgomery County, MD - Nashville, TN - Newark, NJ - New York City, NY - Northern Virginia, VA - Philadelphia, PA - Pittsburgh, PA - Raleigh, NC - Toronto, ON -Washington DC
Editor's note: the dark horse candidate in the above list is Miami--most of its bid details are being kept secret except it is known that the bid offers five undisclosed sites in Miami-Dade County (including more than one site in downtown Miami--see embedded tweet below), two from Broward County and one from Palm Beach County. The Miami area has long been favored by transplants from the northeast U.S., as well as Europeans and Latin Americans and now, increasingly, Chinese--Why Chinese Investors Love Miami, The 'Hong Kong Of The West' | Forbes.com. And Miami has one advantage the others don't: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos lived in Miami when he was younger, graduating as class valedictorian from Palmetto High School in 1982.

See also: Miami mayor says three sites in city in play for Amazon HQ2 | South Florida Business Journal | bizjournals.com Jan 18, 2018.

Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle, from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy – every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional $1.40 for the city’s economy overall.

FAQs: Answers from Amazon:

What is Amazon HQ2? HQ2 will be the second Amazon headquarters in North America. We are looking for a location with strong local and regional talent—particularly in software development and related fields—as well as a stable and business-friendly environment to continue hiring and innovating on behalf of our customers.

How have you selected the 20 candidate locations? We evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the RFP to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the process.

What are the next steps of this selection process? 
In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information as necessary, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate our hiring plans as well as benefit our employees and the local community. We expect to make a decision in 2018.

What will be the benefits for the city finally selected to host your second headquarters? We expect to invest over $5 billion and grow our second headquarters location to be a full equal to Amazon’s current campus in Seattle, creating as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and operation of HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community. Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy – every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional $1.40 for the city’s economy overall.

Why is Amazon choosing its second headquarters location via a public process? We want to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit.

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News Review | China Disrupts Global Companies’ Web Access (video)

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2018-01-21) with analysis and opinion: Features •  1) China Disrupts Global Companies’ Web Access, 2)ICANN news: a. ICANN Jurisdiction & Unintended Consequences, b.GDPR & WHOIS ... 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: INTA's Slam Dunk UDRP ...  4) ICYMI: Iran's Internet and more, 5) Most Read Posts.

1) China disrupts global companies’ web access

China is plugging the last holes in its 'Great Firewall' internet censorship apparatus, hampering global companies' (and others) ability to operate in the country. Financial Times (ft.com) video above published Jan 17, 2018.

See also: China Says It Shut Down 128,000 Websites in 2017 | voanews.com"while the government says its rules are aimed at ensuring national security and stability, human rights organizations have warned that the country’s tough laws governing the internet amount to repressive measures aimed at quashing dissent." 

2) ICANN news
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a. ICANN Jurisdiction--ICANN may yet be moved to a jurisdiction outside the U.S.--the unintended consequences of deferring the issue of ICANN's jurisdiction until after the IANA transition was completed--Domain Mondo Editor's Comments (pdf), full embed below, translations available here :
Other submitted comments may be read here,

b. GDPR & WHOIS: ICANN Seeking Community Feedback on Proposed Compliance Models: "provide your feedback by 29 January 2018. Please send your feedback to gdpr @ icann.org." See also:

c.  ICANN Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget and Five-Year Operating Plan Update | ICANN.org:
"Funding for FY19 is at $138 million which is below the FY18 Adopted Budget of $143 million. In addition, FY19 Funding of $138 million is $3 million above the FY18 forecast of $135 million. We anticipate funding to remain flat ..."
ICANN will hold a webinar on 26 January to provide an overview of the documents and answer any questions. Click here for more information.

d. IGO and INGO Identifiers for All gTLDs | ICANN.org: "Contracted parties will have until 1 August 2018 to complete implementation of the new requirements for certain specific names of IGOs, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement (RCRC)." See also: IOC, Red Cross, and IGO reserved names.

e. IANA Transition Costs | Cost Summary | Inception to November 17 | ICANN.org--Total 33.6M:

f. Noted ICANN correspondence:
• 16 January 2018 Letter from Arif Ali of Dechert LLP  to ICANN Board & Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) re: New gTLD Application for .MUSIC Reconsideration Request and CPE Review.
• 15 January 2018 Letter from Arif Ali of Dechert LLP to ICANN Board re: New gTLD Application for .GAY and CPE Review.
• Request 16-11: Travel Reservations SRL, Spring McCook, LLC, Minds + Machines Group Limited, Famous Four Media Limited, dot Hotel Limited, Radix FZC, dot Hotel Inc., Fegistry, LLC | Letter from Flip Petillion on behalf of Requestors to ICANN Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee | ICANN.org (excerpt below, highlighting added):
reconsideration-16-11-trs-et-al-petillion-to-icann-bamc-redacted-16jan18-en.pdf [497 KB]

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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•  INTA's Slam Dunk UDRP DecisionComplainant is International Trademark Association, Inc. ("Complainant") [Editor's note: commonly known as "INTA" | inta.org]... Respondent is roddi dowpharma ("Respondent"), India. The domain name at issue is inta2018.org ... The domain name resolves to a web page that prominently states "INTA International Trademark Association 140th Annual Meeting." On the top right-hand corner of the page is a "Housing Request" form inviting users to book hotel rooms near the meeting venue. The page also includes other information about the meeting, and a disclaimer appears at the very bottom of the page. Complainant states that Respondent is not known by the INTA mark and has no affiliation or association with Complainant, and that Complainant has not consented to Respondent's use of the domain name .... it is Ordered that the inta2018.org domain name be TRANSFERRED from Respondent to Complainant." (emphasis added)

•  ccTLD .au: 'Stakeholder' evaluation called for as auDA moves to implement direct registration | ZDNet.com.

•  Hackers are flooding the internet with more fake domain names ... | PBS.org: cybercriminals use IDNs to lure consumers to phishing websites that appear exactly like the ones they intended to visit.

•  In Memoriam: UDRPsearch.com | IPLegalCorner.com

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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• Iran: Internet Cut-Off During Recent Unrest in Iran Reveals Tehran’s New Cyber Capabilities | Center for Human Rights in Iran | iranhumanrights.org: a major new report, Guards at the Gate: The Expanding State Control Over the Internet in Iran, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) details the advances the Iranian government has made in controlling cyberspace in Iran, and the resulting losses to internet freedom and privacy. Download Guards at the Gate, here (PDF, HTML).
The 76-page report provides a comprehensive review of Iran’s internet policies and initiatives, in particular, the development and new capabilities of Iran’s state-controlled National Internet Network (NIN), which gives the government newly expanded abilities to control Iranians’ access to the internet and monitor online communications.
• Tech Companies Are Complicit in Censoring Iran Protests | WIRED.com: "But it’s not just the regime that is stripping Iranians of their digital freedom: American technology companies that limit Iranian users’ access to their services—the result, usually, of an overly cautious interpretation of US sanctions—are also, in effect, restricting internet access and hindering free expression."

• Russia moves toward creation of an independent internet | DW.com"The Russian government can't abide the system because it's set up in a way that governments only have an advisory role with ICANN"--former ICANN board member Wolfgang Kleinwächter.

• EU: Five EU Commissioners threaten to regulate online platforms if they do not remove more illegal content like hate speech--EURACTIV.com"heads of more than 20 tech firms, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Amazon arrived in Brussels for discussions."

• The Public Domain Starts Growing Again Next Year, and It’s About Time | Electronic Frontier Foundation | eff.org"It’s not just small artists that rely on the public domain. Disney’s built an empire on making movies based on public domain fairy tales. Just last year, Disney released a live-action version of its animated take on Beauty and the Beast, a story that has been around since the 1700s ... Creativity is enriched when the public domain is robust and easily accessed, and we look forward to finally seeing it grow once again in 2019."

• #MeToo--the famous and glamorous 74-year-old French actress Catherine Deneuve apologized to victims but still stands by the letter she signed, saying she did not like the “media lynching” and “climate of censorship” unleashed by the #metoo campaign, adding, “I don’t like this pack mentality, all too common these days.”

5) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
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1. Tech Review | Ethereum Co-Founder: The Future Decentralized Web (video)
2. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google - Time To Break Up Big Tech? (video)
3. Crypto Carnage: Chinese Regulators Move To Close Bitcoin Mines (video)
4.  News Review | New gTLD .WEB, ICANN & Verisign, What's Next?  
5. Tech Review | Cryptocurrency & Government Regulation (video) 

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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Tech Review | Cryptocurrency & Government Regulation (video)

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Tech Review (TR 2017-01-20)--Domain Mondo's weekly review of tech news with commentary, analysis and opinion: Features • 1) Cryptocurrency & Government Regulation, 2) Tax Reform & Apple Investment in U.S., 3) Investing: The Week, Investing Notes, 4) ICYMI Tech News.

1) Cryptocurrency & Government Regulation

Capricorn Sees Cryptocurrency Declines Amid Regulatory Scramble: Emad Mostaque, co-chief investment officer at Capricorn Fund Managers (domain: capricornfundmanagers.com) discusses the value of cryptocurrencies and governments' attempts to regulate them. He speaks to Bloomberg's Anna Edwards on "Bloomberg Markets." Bloomberg.com video above published Jan 17, 2018.

See also: SEC says bitcoin funds raise 'investor protection issues' | Reuters.com

2) Tax Reform & Apple Investment in U.S.--Apple pledges to invest $30 billion and pay $38 billion tax bill:

Financial Times (ft.com) video published Jan 17, 2018: Apple has pledged to invest more than $30bn to expand its American operations in the wake of last month’s US tax reform bill, even as it makes an estimated $38bn one-off tax payment on the repatriation of its overseas profits.

Apple accelerates US investment and job creation | Apple.com: 
source: Apple.com
Apple plans a $350B “direct contribution” to US economy over next five years through repatriating overseas profits, new infrastructure projects, 20,000 new jobs--Apple to create 20K new jobs, citing Trump’s tax reform | YouTube.com (video).

3) Investing
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The Week: S&P 500, Nasdaq end at records despite US shutdown risk | ChannelNewsAsia.com

Investing Notes:

4) ICYMI Tech News:
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From the Reuters feed:

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Michael Novogratz Focuses Merchant Bank on Cryptocurrencies (video)

Novogratz Focuses Merchant Bank on Cryptocurrencies

Michael Novogratz is starting a merchant bank dedicated to cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based ventures. Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker has the details via "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas." Bloomberg.com video published Jan 9, 2018

See also: Bitcoin, ethereum and ripple make comeback after crypto sell-off | cnbc.com Jan 18, 2018.

Novogratz is the CEO of Galaxy Investment Partners, a cryptocurrency investment firm. Originally scheduled to start his Galaxy Digital Assets Fund on December 15, 2017, he delayed plans because he "didn't like market conditions."

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Crypto Carnage: Chinese Regulators Move To Close Bitcoin Mines (video)

Crypto Carnage: CNBC Breaks Down Why Cryptos Are Tanking | CNBC.com

CNBC.com video above published Jan 17, 2018: Is this crypto sell-off a healthy correction... or something else? CNBC explains.

Chinese regulators move to close bitcoin mines

Financial Times video above published Jan 10, 2018: China is moving to eradicate the country’s bitcoin mining industry over concerns about excessive electricity consumption and financial risk

See also: 
Caveat Emptor!
Mining Bitcoin in Iceland

DW English video above published Jan 26, 2017: some of the major Bitcoin mining companies are in Iceland. Marco Streng is the founder of the biggest, Genesis Mining (domain: genesis-mining.com)

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google - Time To Break Up Big Tech? (video)

It's Time: Break Up Big Tech

L2inc.com video above published Dec 21, 2017: "Why should we break up Big Tech? Because we're capitalists."--Scott Galloway's talk at Business Insider's Ignition 2017 conference.
"the power and influence of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, has resulted in market failure and an economy that is unable to do its job create and sustain a middle class" 
Name  |  Stock Exchange: Stock Symbol  |  Principal Domain
  • Facebook, Inc. |  NASDAQ: FB  |  facebook.com

• Chart: 25 Percent of Global Ad Spend Goes to Google or Facebook | Statista.com: Infographic: 25 Percent of Global Ad Spend Goes to Google or Facebook | Statista

• Chart: They Know What You Clicked Last Summer | Statista.comInfographic: They Know What You Clicked Last Summer | Statista

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Amazon on Track to Surpass $1T in Gross Sales By 2025 (video)

Amazon on Track to Surpass $1T in Gross Sales By 2025

Michael Wolf, CEO and co-founder of Activate, and Bloomberg Intelligence's Jitendra Waral discuss Amazon.com Inc.'s juggernaut growth and opportunities for the e-commerce giant in 2018, including video. They speak on "Bloomberg Technology." Video above published 20 Dec 2017.

Stock Exchange: Symbol  |  NASDAQ: AMZN

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A Fireside Chat with Short-Seller Jim Chanos & Dan Gilbert (video)

Schechter Presents: A Fireside Chat with Jim Chanos & Dan Gilbert (full video)

Schechter Wealth (domain: SchechterWealth.com) video above published Dec 21, 2017: The full-video from Schechter's event with famed short-seller Jim Chanos (domain: kynikos.com) and Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert at The M@dison in downtown Detroit on December 13, 2017.
Auto-generated (via youtube.com) transcript:

About Schechter: Schechter is a boutique, third-generation wealth advisory and financial services firm, advising wealthy families on financial matters including: Institutional quality investment advisory services, alternative investments, advanced life insurance planning, income and estate taxes, business succession and charitable planning.

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News Review | New gTLD .WEB, ICANN & Verisign, What's Next?

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2018-01-14) with analysis and opinion: Features • 1) New gTLD .WEB, ICANN & Verisign, What's Next? 2)Other ICANN news: a. GDPR & WHOIS - Data Protection & Privacy,
b. ICANN Board, c. Public Comment, d. ICANN disintermediation, 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: a. Namecheap and eNom / Tucows $TCX, b. Afilias & ccTLD .PR, c. New China Law, 4) ICYMI Internet Domain News, 5) Most Read.

1) New gTLD .WEB, ICANN & Verisign, What's Next?
 .WEB has a long and troubled history (pdf) at ICANN as a proposed new generic top-level domain (new gTLD), and long before ICANN even came into existence in 1998, the term "web" was used by Tim Berners-Lee:
"In March 1989 Berners-Lee issued a proposal to the management at CERN for a system called "Mesh" that referenced ENQUIRE, a database and software project he had built in 1980, which used the term "web" and described a more elaborate information management system based on links embedded in readable text ..."--World Wide Web | Wikipedia.org
Verisign, Inc., is a publicly-held  (NASDAQ: VRSN market capitalization US$11.2 billion), U.S.-based back-end registry services provider (including two of the original seven gTLDs .EDU and the U.S. government's .GOV), as well as a registry operator, including two of the original seven legacy gTLDs .NET and the globally market dominant (pdf) .COM.

Verisign, legal successor to the original  Network Solutions, Inc., also operates 2 of the world's 13 authoritative name servers that serve the DNS root zone, and acts as Root Zone Maintainer pursuant to a contract with ICANN--previously by the terms of Verisign's Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. government (NTIA), which Cooperative Agreement continues in effect to control pricing of .COM domain names, Amendment 32 (pdf) and Amendment 34 (pdf), through Nov 30, 2018, and may be extended at NTIA's sole discretion. The dominance of .COM can be seen in this chart drawn from data in Verisign's latest Domain Name Brief:
World's 10 Largest Top-Level Domains (domain name registrations)
This week we received the answer to Question #10 on my 12 Questions for 2018"What will the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division do about .WEB, Verisign and ICANN?" 

Answer: nothing.  Future new gTLD .WEB registry operator Verisign $VRSN disclosed in a SEC filing, January 9, 2018, that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division's new gTLD .WEB investigation had closed (no action):
Verisign, Inc. Form 8-K, Jan 9, 2018, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: "Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure. As the Company [Verisign, Inc.] previously disclosed, on January 18, 2017, the Company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) requesting certain material related to the Company becoming the registry operator for the .web gTLD. On January 9, 2018, the DOJ notified the Company that this investigation was closed. Verisign previously announced on August 1, 2016, that it had provided funds for Nu Dot Co’s successful bid for the .web gTLD and the Company anticipates that Nu Dot Co will now seek to execute the .web Registry Agreement with ICANN and thereafter assign it to Verisign upon consent from ICANN." (emphasis and link added)
ICANN did not make any announcement this week about the DOJ investigation (nor new gTLD .WEB), but in its June, 2017, Executive Reports (p.11) (pdf), ICANN disclosed it had "produced an initial set of over 7000 pages" in response to the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division Civil Investigative Demand.

Question: Will ICANN and Verisign's .WEB assignor, Nu Dot Co, now proceed to execute the Registry Agreement for new gTLD .WEB?  

Answer: Not yet--as of Friday (Jan 12, 2018), ICANN is reporting for Nu Dot Co's application for .WEB:
  • Application Status: In Contracting
  • Evaluation Result: Pass IE (IE Report)
  • Contention Resolution Result: Prevailed Contention (Auction Report pdf)
Ruby Glen LLC (a Donuts Inc. affiliate) also has a pending appeal before the Ninth Circuit as a result of the District Court's dismissal of its lawsuit which had unsuccessfully sought an "injunction requiring ICANN to refrain from entering into a Registry Agreement with any party for the .WEB gTLD." The appeal will not stop ICANN from entering into a registry agreement with Nu Dot Co, consenting to the assignment to Verisign, and delegating .WEB.

Once the Contention Resolution "On Hold" Status noted above has been removed, expect things to move relatively quickly, unless an interested party takes further action to stop the process.

Afilias, the second-highest bidder for .WEB at the last resort ICANN auction, wrote two letters to ICANN in August (pdf) and September (pdf), 2016, to which ICANN responded (pdf), but Afilias has taken no further action publicly, except to voice its objections at two public forums at ICANN57 in November, 2016, to which Verisign responded at Public Forum 2--ICANN57 | Hyderabad – Public Forum 2 transcript, pp. 32-33 of 93 (pdf) Nov 8, 2016--
PAT KANE: "Good morning. Pat Kane with VeriSign. At the open forum on Saturday afternoon, Jonathan Robinson came to the mic and on behalf of Afilias leadership wanted to talk about the .WEB allocation. Jonathan's comments were a summarized statement based upon a blog that he had produced  earlier and a two-page document being circulated here at ICANN57 entitled ".WEB, ICANN's first test of accountability." The leadership of Afilias does a disservice to this board and the community by making this issue a referendum on the community, on the board, on ICANN, and the empowered -- and the people that made that happen to include Jonathan's award recognized efforts. Afilias -- while Afilias frames its false allegations against Nu Dot Co and VeriSign as a test of ICANN's new role as an independent manager of the Internet's addressing system. It is nothing more than a tactic to attempt to overturn legitimate auction results and be awarded the right to operate a public asset at less than market value or worse, pushing ICANN auction proceeds now earmarked for the public benefit into their own pockets or the other applicants through a new private auction. We are all self-interested businesses, Nu Dot Co, VeriSign, Donuts, Afilias, and the other applicants for .WEB. We've all taken different approaches. And from what I can tell, we believe that we have followed the guidelines set forth in the applicant guidebook. But this is not a test for the board. This issue is not a test for the newly empowered community. It is a test of our ability to utilize the processes and the tools that we've developed over the past 20 years for dispute resolution. The facts are the facts, and the validity of those facts will be determined by courts of law and through IRPs. What I ask you, the board and the community, is to allow the processes that we have in place to work through to their natural conclusion without undue lobbying or interference from any self-interested party. Thank you." (emphasis and link added)
Stay tuned!

2) Other ICANN News:
ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
a. GDPR & WHOIS: Data Protection and Privacy Update: Seeking Community Feedback on Proposed Compliance Models | ICANN.org: "provide your feedback by 29 January 2018. Please send your feedback to gdpr @ icann.org."
See also: Potential Data Exposure in ICANN RFP System Resolved | ICANN.org and Letter from Manal Ismail to Göran Marby | ICANN.org: Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Chair's letter to ICANN President & CEO Göran Marby. Issue: WHOIS compliance with GDPR. Letterismail-to-marby-17dec17-en.pdf [78.6 KB].

b. ICANN Board: Nominating Committee Review: Assessment Report Released and Forthcoming Webinar Jan 18 | ICANN.org. See also "The four questions to ask when serving on a nonprofit board: 'Question 1: Are we succumbing to mission creep?'"--McKinsey.com.

c. Public Comment Period Extended: Operating Standards for ICANN's Specific Reviews | ICANN.org: deadline to submit comments extended until Friday 2 February 23:59 UTC. Also note this does not affect the comment periods ending January 14-15.

d. ICANN and 'contracted parties' disintermediated? See Tech Review | Ethereum Co-Founder: The Future Decentralized Web (video).

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks
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a. Namecheap and eNom / Tucows: ICANN-accredited registrar Namecheap.com (which formerly was a reseller of registrar eNom), successfully migrated millions of its registrants' .COM & .NET domain names this past week from Enom (enom.com), a subsidiary of Tucows $TCX (tucows.com), to Namecheap: "This is a goal that we’ve been working towards for many years, and we’re delighted to finally be able to achieve this"--Namecheap.com.

Namecheap not only had to resort to legal action to get this done, but now thisTucows (TCX) Alert: Johnson Fistel Announces Investigation of Tucows Inc.; Encourages Investors to Contact the Firm for Additional Information | prnewswire.com"On January 8, 2018, Copperfield Research issued a report stating that Tucows failed to disclose a lawsuit "that should imminently result in the loss of 11% of the Company's revenue producing domains; nine insiders who sold $21 million of stock while hiding the fact its eNom subsidiary was being sued by its largest partner for breach of contract; and a laundry list of accounting shenanigans and financial irregularities." (emphasis added) Read more at the link above.

The above allegations might explain why Tucows $TCX shares are down over 24% (updated Jan 16):
See also:

b. Just in Time for ICANN61 in San Juan, Puerto Rico: 
Afilias selected to provide Registry Services for .PR ccTLD | Afilias.info".PR is unrestricted, so it’s a natural address for Public Relations agencies and practitioners worldwide. Of course, it’s also great for those doing business in Puerto Rico." [Editor's note: Afilias is "on a roll" after being selected as registry services provider for Australia's ccTLD .au (replacing .au's former service provider, Neustar subsidiary AusRegistry)].

c. China’s new Anti-unfair Competition Law | Lexology.com: "affords protection to ...  domain names, website names and web pages."

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
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Internet Freedom and Free Speech:
•  2017 was the worst year ever for internet freedom in India | qz.com: "The world’s largest democracy has shut down the internet 124 times since 2012—over half of them in 2017 alone."

•  Iran's Women Need The Internet Right Now,  And You Can (Really) Help | forbes.com: via nonprofit NetFreedomPioneers.org (NFP) and Toosheh.org, a free program that lets users download resources via satellite.

•  Top-selling German newspaper says new online hate speech law must be scrapped | Reuters.com

•  Governments and Corporations Escalate Internet Censorship and Attacks on Free Speech | GlobalResearch.ca

• Net Neutrality: FCC Releases 'Restoring Internet Freedom' Order | Federal Communications Commission | fcc.gov  and The Internet Association, a trade group which represents Silicon Valley tech companies, including Google parent Alphabet Inc., and Facebook Inc., will join an expected lawsuit against a decision to roll back net neutrality rules.--Reuters.com

• Data Sovereignty: The PRC Cybersecurity Law and its impact on the insurance sector | Lexology.com: "Currently, there are draft regulations dealing with the data sovereignty requirement that are expected to come into force in 2018."

5) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
1. News Review | Reply Brief: Ruby Glen vs ICANN (new gTLD .WEB)
2. 2018 Forecasts: From US-China Trade War to Chaos in the Mideast (video)
3. How C3 IoT Capitalizes on AI & IoT Enterprise Digital Transformation (video)
4. Tech Review | Ethereum Co-Founder: The Future Decentralized Web (video)
5. Brexit Impact: London IPO Market Attractive & Amplitude Capital Staying 

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